I have now lived in Australia for close to 30 years. I speak English like a Malay speak English – no slang, no aussie twang, no use of that aussie favourite word “mate”. Speak English just as I use to speak English when I was in KL. My name is still Hussein…not Ssein, not Housein or Saint…just Hussein. My Son Zack does speak with a slight Aussie accent but that is because he has born here and lived almost all his life in Australia. My daughter Terrina speaks Malay and English like any other Malay complete with her Ok Lah, Tidak Apa lah and all the nuances that makes one a Malaysian – she was born at Assunta Hospital and grew up mostly in Bangsar amongst Malaysians. My wife is Greek and has lived all her adult life in Australia – so she is Greek Australian and the only Malaysian part of her is the fact that she likes Popiah and can make a mean goreng pisang – but no Nasi Lemak, no Nasi Dagang (my two favourites!).
What I am trying to say here is that we are all a product of the life we have lived….and even if we come into contact with others, it is really up to us to be who we want to be. I am comfortable being Malay who calls Australia home.
I can remember a time in the 60’s in London at Speakers Corner in Hyde Park and there was this Indian asking the West Indians around him to “Go Home – go back to your country – we British do not want you here!”. The image of that Indian asking the West Indians to go home has never left me – it was comical and yet sad. It was also ironic having one Black man asking another Black man to go back from where he came from – and I can still see the indulgent smiles of everyone around me. But to all intents and purposes that Indian was lost in his sense of importance! He wanted to keep Britain White and the fact that he was Black and an immigrant himself escaped him totally.
And now I see the same situation in this guy Ridhuan Tee. Somewhere in all the zeal of becoming a Muslim he mistook being a Muslim and being Malay as one and the same thing! Why? Where does it say that a Muslim must be Malay? There are White Americans who are Muslims. There are Black Americans who are Muslims. There are Arabs, Burmese, Africans, Chinese, Indians and Russians who are are Muslims. Why can’t Ridhuan remain a Chinese and be a Muslim at the same time? Are there any Malays out there who want Ridhuan to be Malay? Or is it Ridhuan himself who became a Muslim to be Malay? Does he think he has been a Muslim long enough to qualify himself to be a Malay? What is it with this Chinese? How or when did be became confused that a Malay must be a Muslim and so a Muslim must be a Malay?
And how come Jawi has not told this Ridhuan that he can be a Chinese and a Muslim at the same time?
This Ridhuan is indeed a very confused Chinese who is a Muslim or is he a very confused Muslim who is a Chinese and wanting to be Malay? Did somebody told him that he is now ‘almost a Malay’ now that he is a Muslim? Whatever it is I think it is time Jawi or some UMNO bigwig make him an honorary Malay and end his agony of wanting to be a Malay so much that he is embarrassing himself with his grovelling! Arise Ridhuan…you are now a Malay!
Your Indian example reminds me of Michael Bates in his role as Indian Bearer Rangi Ram, very convincing with his Indian make-up, clothes and mannerism in It ain't hot mum series. He was well known and liked for his 'We British... those damned (sounds like dum) natives...'ReplyDelete
Tee is Chinese Muslim, yet he tries to be like Dr. M (at least he is half-Malay) trying to be more Malays than the Malays in his championing Ketuanan Melayu.
Ridhuan was brought up in Malacca, in a Baba family in a greatly Malay surroundings. I believe his 'Malayness' is acquired through his close association with the Malays themselves. I have met many Chinese people who apart from their looks are quite Malay in their behaviours! So Ridhuan is from this same mould. It is therefore not unusual for a Chinese who has converted to Islam, surrounded by Malays woulld adopt a 'Malay style'. If he champions Malay rights, it just shows that his Muslim brotherhood is certainly bigger than his racial roots!ReplyDelete
So give himm space to do his thang!
everytime Ridhuan speaks, he ridicules himself. My advice to him:ReplyDelete
Be at peace with your roots, accept you are a Muslim Chinese Baba, you will have greater peace of mind.
The fact is that he is trying to ingratiatingly be more Malay than the Malays to the extent of embarrassing the Malays! He is obviously ashamed of being a Chinese. No problem there because the Chinese are just as ashamed of him!ReplyDelete
This guy does not know the meaning of shame. A real disgrace to the Chinese...trying to be more Malay than the Malays when he is not. As if that is not bad enough he is spewing nonsense on and off to be noticed.ReplyDelete
This is very "common" in Malaysia. Like what that celup Indian PM who tried to be more Malay than the Malay.ReplyDelete
We also have all those Malaysian Muslims viz. Bugis, Minang, Javanese, Bajau, Melanau, Dayak, Indian, etc.. who profess themselves as Malays as according to our Constitution as claimed by Mahatir that "Anybody who is a muslim, speak Malay & practice Malay culture is a Malay".
Imagine if the British Constitution state likewise, then that black Indian can claim himself as white British!
Question I want to ask Ridhuan is this. Most Malays eat with their right hand and wash their backsides with their left after a crap. Like every good Chinese he would have used a tissue. Does he now use ihis left hand?ReplyDelete
Only crazy people think that all Chinese use tissue after a crap. Go ask other Malaysian Chinese, especially those from Trengganu and Kelantan.ReplyDelete
I despise this Ah Tee convert because he condemn the Chinese, his root. I donot have a problem if he wants to claim himself as Malay, red Indian or even a canis species.ReplyDelete
He can claim himself as a constitutional Malay just like any other muslim Indons, Thai, Indian mamak, Arab, Pakistani, Dayak etc. Our former Selangor MB, a Javanese, could be a Malay.
PM (Malay)Najib as a Bugis but donot condemn Bugis. In fact, he was welcome as a Bugis hero in Sulawesi. If ever Ah Tee become a PM (Dreaming of course), he will be welcome as a hero in say, Hokkian or Canton in China!
Ethnic Malay is a minority in Malaysia. Majority are constitutional Malays.
Sad indeed, this can only happen in malaysia, where they confuse religion with race. Wheather he likes it or not he will always be a chinese and will died a chinese this Tee guy. If he wanted to be a malay so badly, why did he retain his surname. That already gave him away that he cannot cut off from his roots.ReplyDelete
The confusion arises because it is promoted. Look up BTN, NEP or DEB, UMNO, Project M, etc. Bolehland remains one of the few places where a bureaucrat can assign you a new race.ReplyDelete
Your ancestors will turn in their graves and curse you Rid-of-one. Disclaim your surname and adopt "abdullah" you arsehole. It is ok if you choose any religion but to forsake your ancestors just because of the gains you may have by converting to another religion is totally blasphemous. BUT THEN AGAIN DID ALLAH TEACH YOU TO RESPECT YOUR PARENTS!!!??? YOU WILL NEVER BE A MALAY JUST LIKE YHE MAMAK UNDERTSAND???ReplyDelete
He's telling the Malays to be real Muslim again..ReplyDelete
i saw Ridhuan Tee buying bak ku teh with extra pork inards last nite near kepongReplyDelete
conspiracy theory :ReplyDelete
The Tee guy wants to test/challenge the constitution that defines Malay as somebody who 1) possess Islam
2) follow Malay adat/Custom
3) speak malay habitually.
conspiracy theory :ReplyDelete
What would happened if all the non-Muslim Malaysian decide to embrace Islam, change their name, follow Malay adat, speak Bahasa habitually. Would everybody become Bumi-putera ?
If so, everybody who buy house would get 10% discount... how nice.....
i again saw Ridhuan Tee buying bak ku teh with extra pork inards last nite near kepong but this time he oso ordered chaw siew and chee yok on the sideReplyDelete